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Of course, there are laws in the country against manual scavenging. But in actual practice, it still continues in many parts of the country. Human beings are compelled to do this degrading job. Recently, in two incidents in the Delhi and a nearby place a total of 7 workers have been killed while cleaning the sewers. There are clear orders that machines should be used for the cleaning, but the Contractor and the Engineer of the Delhi Jal Board compelled them to clean it manually.

The government should order an inquiry in the matter and punish the culprits. The families of the dead workers should be financially compensated.

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